Brewed by Desnoes and Geddes (Diageo PLC)
Style: Foreign Stout
Kingston, Jamaica


on tap

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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ingredients: Black malt; corn syrup; caramel malt; and hop extract. Priming sugar used when bottling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 Bottled. A black coloured beer with very little head. The aroma is very sweet with some licquorice and sweet chocloate thrown in. The taste is also mostly sweet and has a medicinal edge. Not a typical roasty stout, but very tasty nonetheless.Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.7 and 3.9. Average becomes 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
300ml bottle. A black stout that pours with a dense, creamy, mocha head. Nice aroma of stewed dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, and even some red wine. Medium body with a rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Hops are nowhere to be found; this is sweet and malty, but without being cloying. A bit one-dimensional from start to finish, but good depth of flavour. Hardly any roasted malt character. Instead, you taste sticky buns, plums, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, and chocolate. Sweet and moderately sticky finish. I was expecting something thin, with a touch of acidity, but this is actually very rich and full-flavoured. Different. Ignore the label and take it with an open mind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
Black headless body. Aroma is a bit roasty, and a bit muted. Flavour is pleasant and surprisingly easy to drink considering the octane. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Bit simplistic overall, but pleasant. Alcohol makes a brief appearance in the finish. Palate is a bit light but is pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Again, thanks to my boss for bringing this back from Jamaica. Pours black with a medium cocoa colored head. Aroma is sweet but spicy with cinnamon and perhaps brown sugar coming through. Hint of caramel and roasted malt as well. Taste is sweet with cane sugar and caramel being prevalent along with alcohol notes trying to make their way through. Damn nice and better than I remember when I had this 6 or so years ago. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with only a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish is semisweet but enjoyable nonetheless with more caramel and brown sugar coming through. Damn good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3625) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 20, 2004
Pure Black with a brown head. Alcoholic flavour, malty sweet but not unpleasant, nice notes of dark sweet chocolate. Aftertaste is dry with notes of roasted malt. A perfect foreign stout, full and sweet. Try it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8728) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2004
Black with a beige head of foam. Aromas are sweet roast malts and alcohol. Flavours are roast coffee malts, molasses and licourice. I had this ages ago and it seemed better then. Still OK, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Very dark with a foamy head that disappears quickly. Malty aroma offers hints of mocha, roasty nuttiness and alcohol. Sweet and smooth balanced with a pleasantly dry and bitter finish. The alcohol provides an edgy sharpness that bites but doesn’t detract. A suprisingly good find in the lager-dominated Carribean.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
beersnob73 (14) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Absolute garbage. I tried it in the Virgin Islands. I took one sip and spit it out immediately. Worst 3 dollars I have ever spent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 I actually quite enjoyed this. Almost opaque, a red tinge. Beige head. Fairly smooth. Strong but without any really unpleasant aspects. I actually didn’t find that the alcohol was as noticeable going down as comparable % brews. Reminds me a bit of kahlua, sticky sweet with chocolate and coffee flavors. Afternote: that little bottle packs a kick. Jamaica mon!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2004
Another sweetish and alcoholic Caribbean stout. Not really my favoured style and one is enough. But overall I’d rather have one of these than ten bland Caribbean lagers. Bottled, Fisherman’ bar, Speightstown, Barbados.

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